BREAKING: USCCB says revised HHS proposal “falls short”

The official statement, just released, along with Cardinal Dolan’s response: +++ The Feb. 1 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) shows some movement by the Administration but falls short of addressing U.S. bishops’ concerns. “Throughout the past year, [Read More...]

“Virulent partisanship must yield to bold cooperation”

From Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB:  With the election over, it’s time for the nation to retake its noble position as the home of the brave. Certainly the next four years will mark a critical time for our nation, an opportunity to show our better selves after unprecedented political rancor. It’s long been [Read More...]

What the media doesn’t “get” about the Catholic Church

Well, there are a lot of things. But here’s one take, from the great Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB, who offers some important distinctions about the media, balance, and covering the Catholic Church:   Margaret Sullivan now wears the public editor hat at The New York Times and with a recent ombudsman column took on a huge [Read More...]

USCCB launches Spanish-language Facebook page

Details: As part of their continued efforts to reach the growing number of Hispanic Catholics, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced this week it’s launched a Spanish-language page on Facebook. Found at www.facebook.com/USCCBEspanol, the page features “a variety of updates from USCCB on news, issues of concern to the Catholic Church and faith-building resources,” [Read More...]

Is this man the most influential Catholic in Washington?

He’s retiring from his position with the USCCB—and he could be one of the most important Catholics most people have never heard of. From the Washington Post: For the typical American Catholic, seeing Cardinal Tim Dolan, the country’s top bishop, give the closing prayer at the GOP convention was the big political event of the [Read More...]

USCCB responds to SCOTUS health care ruling

The bishops released a statement a short time ago: Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision upholding as a tax the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires individuals to purchase a health plan—the so-called “individual mandate.” For nearly a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been and [Read More...]

Giving Washington the finger

A clever way of promoting the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom, via the USCCB. (H/T Rocco) [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“The moral measure of this historic process is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how the jobless, hungry, homeless and poor are treated…At a time of record foreclosures, increasing poverty and high unemployment it is not justifiable to weaken the national safety net or to make disproportionate cuts to programs [Read More...]

Looky here: new design for USCCB website

My friends at the USCCB  have just unveiled a new design for the website, which is now even snazzier and — dare I say it? — downright elegant. Visit the website to take it for a test drive. There’s also an explanation of everything that’s changed right here. Nice. Very nice. Kudos to Secretary of [Read More...]

Bishops ready document on preaching for next year

Interesting development from the USCCB confab in Seattle: Following a lively debate on the first day of their spring general assembly near Seattle, the U.S. bishops voted overwhelmingly to authorize preparation of a 50-page document on preaching for consideration in November 2012. St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presented the proposal on behalf of the [Read More...]


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